Next weekend will see Susan Anderson and her team of volunteers take to the road with hundreds of battery hens needing a forever home… or they literally will face the chop.
At 13-15 months, the hens are culled from large battery hen facilities. The chucks, it seems take a little break from egg-laying at that age, but will resume again albeit with up to 10 per cent less production rate, a massive loss to a big egg outlet.
A cruel fate for hens that are forced to live in cramped surroundings with no natural light or outdoor time. Next Saturday and Sunday next, Sept 11 and 12, Little Hills will be calling to Swords and Tallaght, to meet Dublin residents willing to rescue the feathered birds.
Partially feathered birds, that is, as they lose the plumage without access to natural light. However, as many rescuers will testify, battery hens live for years after their confinement, and love their new found friendom.
“Rest assured, they will lay eggs for you every day, and they make the best of family pets and companions!” said Susan Anderson, founder of Little Hills. “Please help us save this little chucks from the slaughter house!”
Little Hills will undertake a nationwide rescue run, from Ballyhaunis to Bunclody, from Clonmel to Drogheda. Aside from Swords and Tallaght, Little Hills will be calling to Drogheda, Dunboyne, Blessington, Mullingar and Navan.
For full listing, see https://www.facebook.com/littlehillanimalrescue/ but note, numbers of chickens required and towns must be sent via private message, along with your mobile number, to the Facebook page. Orders can only be taken and confirmed this way.
Please bring adequate carriers to collect your hens, cat carriers, cardboard boxes with lots of air holes, dog crates, one carrier per two hens please. Check Dept of Agriculture website for regulations. An adoption fee per hen applies.
Little Hills Hen Rescue next weekend, an eggs-cellent way to have fresh eggs every day, and you’ll be saving a chuck from a grim fate, all runs are subject to change or cancellation so early confirmation is vital.